Colossians 2:6-7 Rooted And Built Up In Jesus

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

Good managers will take someone that works for them and train them how to take their place. The apprentice will be trained in how to do nearly every aspect of the business.

This is something that does not occur overnight, but over time. He is rooted and built up in what to do or not do.

Paul acknowledges that the people had accepted Christ Jesus as Lord. Now he encourages them to live their lives in Him and to have a foundation in Him while being built up in faith with thankfulness.

While many people will choose to believe in Jesus as Savior, many will choose also to not continue to live in Him and grow in Him. Some will hold to once saved, always saved and do not need to do anything more. Others will go back to, or continue to, live in sinful lifestyles, rather than changing.

Believers are living beings, so they must be rooted and growing. Without roots in Jesus or growth, they are dead. It is as though they never believed.

Living in Jesus means that one is constantly learning more on how to live for and like Jesus in every area of his life. It is learning to choose to turn away from all temptation to sin. It is learning to trust God more and more in the same way as Jesus did. The stronger the root, the more one can be built up and the more fruit one will be able to produce.

And all of this is done with an overflow of being thankful to God for what He has done.

Since you have chosen to believe in Jesus, allow yourself to grow in Him by constantly living in Him. Learn what it means to live as Jesus lived. Allow your faith in God to grow and be strengthened.

Put down deep roots in Jesus, so that when the temptations and struggles of life come your way, you will be able to withstand them with thanksgiving and grow even more. Do not allow yourself to go back to the old way of living in sin and death, but be the new creation God made you to be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior and Lord; that you will be rooted in Jesus; that you will be more like Jesus everyday; that your faith in God will be strengthened; and that you will be full of thankfulness to God for what He has done and is doing in your life.

Psalm 50:14 Thankfulness And Promises

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Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, Psalm 50:14 

Being thankful and fulfilling promises are two things that are not very common among most people. In today’s society, many people feel as if they are entitled to what they get. Often they feel as if they are entitled to more than what they get, so they are not very grateful for what they have.

Many will complain when things do not go their way or they do not get what they want, rather than being thankful for the blessings they already have.

Along with not being thankful, people will not fulfill their promises or vows. Promises are done in contracts, and then people try to use lawyers to claim that one of the parties broke the contract and so they no longer have to fulfill it.

Marriage vows are commonly broken every day all over the world. Relationships and divorce outside of marriage are common.

Asaph reminds the people to sacrifice, or offer, thank offerings to God and to fulfill their vows to Him.

Just as with the world, people inside the church often are not thankful or fulfilling their vows. As sacrificial thank offering is one thanks being given in a bad situation. Life is going horrible, yet one is thankful to God for being with him and bringing him through the situation.

In the church many people will make a promise to God, or when they are going through a bad situation one will make a promise to God if God gets him out of the situation. Yet, often, when the church service is over, or when the situation is cleared, the vow is forgotten.

God has never broken any of His promises. In the same way, believers should never break their promise. It is an example of God’s faithfulness to this world.

Take a moment to think about how grateful you are for what you do have. Do not dwell on what you do not have, but what God has already blessed you with. Now, sacrifice some thanks to God for what you have, even those bad situations in your life, which are there to build you and others in Jesus.

Also take a moment to think about the promises you have made, both to God and to people. Work on fulfilling each promise, just as God is fulfilling His promises to you.

God will work in and through you as you are thankful and faithful.

I pray today that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that God will strengthen you to be faithful; that you will give thanks to God for everything in your life; and that you will fulfill every promise you make to people and God.